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Strange Encounters 2

2.  Michael Harrison and Mario Lanza Michael Harrison is an Australian who ,for some years, ran a music programme on a radio station in Adelaide, South Australia. During this period he became obsessed with the tenor Mario Lanza and contacted me, first in the 1990’s, with the idea of making a film of Lanza’s...

The Best Film I Never Made

I first read Boswells “Life of Johnson” as a student at Sydney University. Needless to say, like most of the books I read, it wasn’t on any of the courses that I was allegedly attending. It was not just the record of Johnson’s wit that attracted me but the door that it opened, at...

Tony Scott

Very recently, on 19th August, 2012, the film director Tony Scott parked  his car on a bridge over Los Angeles harbour, climbed a 12’ wire fence, and jumped to his death without hesitating. He had just completed shooting a new film and associates have stated that he appeared, a couple of days before the...

South Africa Diary, December 2012.

A Qantas flight to Johannesberg. Spurning the offered champagne (it was 10am) I rapidly check the list of films available on the inflight entertainment. As usual, I’ve seen quite a few and take my standard evasive action with the numerous vampire movies and teen comedies. With some hesitation I choose an Australian TV movie...

Directing in 2012

I directed my first feature film, in Australia, in 1972. I then made a number of others, through the 70’s. My greatest success in that period was BREAKER MORANT in 1979. This film was shown in Cannes in 1980 and led to a number of offers from Hollywood. I selected a very low budget...

Travelling Again. Canada, UK, Brazil.

First to Toronto, where my new film “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding” is having its premiere at the film festival. My wife and I, plus the producer, writers and three leading cast members are ushered down a long red carpet. Dozens of press photographers stare at us uncomprehendingly but come to life when they spot...

Dino DeLaurentiis (1909-2010)

I first met Dino sometime in 1985.  I knew his name, of course, from the credits of a staggering number of Italian films, the first of which he’d produced in 1940. As a student in Australia I frequently made the journey into Sydney and its (then) one art house, the “Paris”, where Dino’s name...

Strange Encounters 1

1. Clayton Sinclair/ Hubert Opperman Perhaps the oddest of the films that never happened is the Sinclair saga. Clayton Sinclair, quite young and personable, approached me sometime around 1990 saying he had a screenplay about the Australian cyclist Hubert Opperman. Opperman, (who died in 1996 at the age of 91) was celebrated for his...

The Optional Smoking Room. Bruce in New York.

6th March, 2005 Staying at the Pierre, one of the best hotels in New York. Checked in and was asked if I wanted a smoking or non-smoking room. I said “non- smoking” and was shown to an attractive room on one of the top floors. It smelt heavily of cigars so I went downstairs...